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Rt Hon Lord David Alton

Lord Alton served for 18 years as a Liverpool Member of the British House of Commons before stepping down in 1997 when he became an Independent Crossbench Peer, serving in the House of Lords. He was first elected, to Liverpool City Council, while still a student at Christ College, Liverpool, (a constituent College of today’s Hope University) and became the City’s Deputy Leader and Housing Chairman. He was the youngest  member of the House of Commons and later his party’s Chief Whip, holding several Front Bench portfolios.

He currently serves in Parliament as Chair of the All Party Group on North Korea, was a founder of the parliamentary group on religious freedom and belief, and serves as an Officer of several other parliamentary groups. For his work on human rights he was created a Papal Knight by the Pope; received a Coptic award for advocacy; and in 2016 was awarded the Thomas More Religious Freedom Award.

He was a founder of the Jubilee Campaign and is a Board member of the charity, Aid to the Church In Need, chairman of the charity, The Christian heritage Centre, and is a patron or trustee of several charities.

Lord Alton said: "The Big Hope is a brilliant opportunity to bring together a rising generation whose friendships, ideals, and leadership, can help create a more hopeful and just world than the one into which they were born.”

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Mr Steve Atherton

Field Worker for the Justice and Peace Commission.

The Justice and Peace Commission highlights the importance of social justice issues and it tries to remind people that the church has a provocative mission to the world and in the world. Church is a place where we engage with, rather than escape from, the world. This service of God through service of each other brings joy not gloom.

The commission works through the principles of the Pastoral Cycle: See – Judge - Act.

Before his appointment as field worker in 2004, Steve worked as a drama teacher for over 30 years. From 1999 he was a member of the Justice and Peace Commission, sitting for a period as its chair. A visit to Bangladesh in 2000 as a CAFOD Millennium Awardee was life-changing experience.

He enjoys working with adults to explore their faith and is involved in developing and facilitating the Faith For Life programme across the diocese and further afield. He is a frequent visitor to parishes and welcomes invitations to work with groups or to give talks. In November 2017 he made the Romero pilgrimage to El Salvador. March 2018 saw his 100 monthly column in the Catholic Pictorial.

Steve lives with his wife Anne in the parish of St John in Wigan. Their five children are grown-up and the first grandchild has just arrived.

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Robert Atlay

Robert Atlay DL is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist with over 40 years professional experience and is both a Member and Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Among his many professional roles, he has served as Medical Director of Liverpool Women’s Hospital and as chairman of the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Liverpool.
He has been appointed by a number of Secretaries of State to serve on the Maternity Services Advisory Committee, the National Transplant Panel and the English National Board of Nursing Midwifery and Health.
He was High Sheriff of Merseyside in 2003/04 and has been a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Merseyside since 2003. Bob has also served with distinction on Hope’s University Council.
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Colonel John Blashford-Snell 

John Blashford-Snell is one of the world’s most renowned explorers, leading more than 70 expeditions. These include an exploration of the infamous Blue Nile, making the first vehicle crossing of the Darien Gap, and navigating all 2,700 miles of the Zaire River. The last two having environmental, medical and scientific objectives.

In 1969, he helped form the Scientific Exploration Society. Following the success of Operation Drake, which involved 400 young explorers from 27 countries on a two-year circumnavigation, Operation Raleigh was formed in 1984. By 1992, it had enabled 10,000 young people from 50 countries to take part in expeditions around the world.

Blashford-Snell retired from the Army and as Director-General of Operation Raleigh in 1991, becoming Chairman of a £2.5 million appeal to establish a centre to provide vocational training and guidance in Merseyside. Known as ‘The Door’, the centre has helped over 40,000 less privileged young people. He also chaired The Liverpool Constructions Craft Guild, which promotes the training of skilled craftsmen in Liverpool.

The Colonel was awarded the Segrave Trophy (1974), the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (1975), the Patrons Medal of the Royal Geographical Society (1993) and the Gold Medal of the Institute of Royal Engineers (1994). He has also written 15 books, is a broadcaster and lecturer, and leads expeditions worldwide.

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Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale

One of the most prominent and respected women in sport, Prof Denise Barrett-Baxendale, MBE, is a Director at Everton Football Club, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Everton Football Club and Executive Chair of the Club’s official charity, Everton in the Community.

Before venturing into the third sector and world of sport, Denise spent 16 years working in education and fulfilled a variety of academic and leadership roles within Higher Education.

Denise arrived at the Club in January 2010 to develop and lead a transformation strategy for Everton in the Community. Due to the success of this venture, Denise became the Club’s Chief Operating Officer in October 2011, before being promoted to Deputy Chief Executive in June 2013. In her existing Club role, Denise has played an integral part in improving the matchday experience for supporters, in turn helping to increase attendances and enhance Everton’s reputation both nationally and abroad. She was appointed to the Club's Board of Directors in July 2016.

In June 2014, Denise was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for ‘Services to the Community of Merseyside’, an award presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in October 2014. Denise received further recognition for her “exceptional commitment, service and leadership to the stadium industry over a sustained period of time” when she was presented with an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ at the prestigious Stadium Business Awards, again at Camp Nou, Barcelona, in June 2015. The award recognises leadership, innovation and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally.

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Bishop Paul Bayes

Bishop Paul comes from Bradford, West Yorkshire. A churchwarden’s son, his spiritual and social life in the late 1950s and 1960s was formed by Sunday school, church choir and youth group.

Like many teenagers he decided in 1968 that all this was a waste of time, and in his University years he left the Christian faith behind and investigated a whole range of other spiritual and political options before re-encountering Jesus Christ as a living person, and committing himself to serve God within the ministry of the Church Ordained in 1979.
Paul served as a curate in Whitley Bay before moving to London as a University chaplain. After five years in London Paul and his wife Kate moved to High Wycombewhere Paul ministered as Team Vicar and then Team Rector.

In 1995 the family moved to Totton where Paul served as Team Rector. After almost ten years in Totton, and twenty-five years in pastoral ministry, Paul moved to work for the Archbishop’s Council in London as the Church of England’s National Mission and Evangelism advisor.
In 2010 Paul was invited to move to St Albans Diocese as Bishop of Hertford. In 2014, it was announced that Paul would become the 8th Bishop of Liverpool and was installed as Bishop in Liverpool Cathedral on 15th November.

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Dr Erinma Bell, MBE DL

In 2003 Erinma became a co-founder and CEO of her own formidable charity known as CARISMA - Community Alliance for Renewal Inner South Manchester Area. CARISMA became a front-line community based group set up to offer life-chances for young people in the community by giving them positive alternatives other than street crimes, and gun crimes

Erinma employs a successful model that ‘builds social capital’ amongst grass roots individuals, community groups and key stakeholders, employing methods that offer transformative solutions to those who seek to promote social cohesion within their communities to bring about peace. This successful model enabled a 92% decrease in gun and gang crime in Manchester.

In 2007 CARISMA were awarded The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups in the community.

In 2007, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, recognized Erinma’s efforts in Chapter One of his book ‘Britain’s Everyday Heroes’. In 2008 the Crown awarded Erinma with an MBE in recognition of her services to the community and in 2011 she was made Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester as a representative to Her Majesty the Queen.
Erinma has a sculpture of her which is made from 50 recycled guns as a tribute to her work to reduce gun and gang crime in Manchester. The sculpture was unveiled in Manchester Town Hall and is the first female statue to go on display in the Town Hall in 150 years!

Erinma continues to lead on work around issues such as Restorative Justice, Peace and Conflict Resolution as well as Peace Making, Peace Keeping and Peace Building within an urban environment.

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Roger Brown

Roger Brown is the Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Policy at Liverpool Hope University. He was previously Vice Chancellor of Southampton Solent University, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Quality Council, Chief Executive of the Committee of Directors of Polytechnics, and Secretary of the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council.

Before that he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Trade and Industry (1976-90) and an administrator with the Inner London Education Authority (1969-76). He has served on many national committees and boards. He has written four books and many articles and lectures on different aspects of higher education. He has been a Professor, Visiting Professor or equivalent at twelve universities. He was elected a Life Vice President of the Society for Research in Higher Education in 2007 and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of University Administrators in 2010.

He has Honorary Degrees from Southampton Solent University, the University of Southampton, Liverpool Hope University, and the University of West London. He received the Times Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. His latest book The Inequality Crisis: The facts and what we can do about it was published by Policy Press in September 2017. He is an international authority on the application of market-based policies to the provision of higher education.

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Charles Clarke

Charles Clarke was Member of Parliament for Norwich South from 1997 to 2010. He served as Education Minister from 1998 and then in the Home Office from 1999 to 2001. He then joined the Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio and Labour Party Chair. From 2002 to 2004 he was Secretary of State for Education and Skills and then Home Secretary until 2006.

Charles was previously Chief of Staff to Neil Kinnock, Leader of the Labour Opposition and a councillor in the London Borough of Hackney, chairing the housing committee.

He now holds Visiting Professorships at Lancaster University and Kings College London and works with educational organisations internationally. In 2011 the Centre for European Reform published his ‘The EU and Migration: A Call for Action’. In 2014 he published ‘The Too Difficult Box’, an analysis of the problems which need to be overcome in promoting change, and in September 2015 two studies in political leadership, ‘British Labour Leaders’ and ‘British Conservative Leaders’; in 2015 he wrote, with Professor Linda Woodhead, “A New Settlement, Religion and Belief in Schools”.

Mr Clarke read mathematics and economics at Kings College Cambridge and was then President of the National Union of Students. Born in 1950, Mr Clarke married in 1984. He and his wife Carol have two sons.

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Laurence Clark

Laurence Clark is an internationally-acclaimed comedian, presenter, writer and actor who has cerebral palsy. He’s performed everywhere from the House of Commons to a double-decker bus in Sheffield. His 9 critically-acclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have gained him a plethora of four and five star reviews. He was awarded Shortlist magazine’s Funniest New Comedian, came runner-up in the Amused Moose Edinburgh Laughter Awards and performs and writes sketches for comedy collective Abnormally Funny People.

In 2015 Laurence was part of Abnormally Funny People’s successful run of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre. In 2016 he toured Scotland in Birds of Paradise’s critically acclaimed play Purposeless Movements, nominated for two CATS (Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland). Last year he was selected for the BBC Class Act training scheme for disabled actors. He also wrote and performed in his first short film, Tick Box for 104 Films, which premiered at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Laurence’s first play, Cured has just won an Unlimited R&D commission. It tells the story of 4 young disabled Scousers who rebel during a Catholic pilgrimage to Lourdes and will premiere at Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre in November. Laurence and collaborator Matt Holt have been commissioned by Channel 4 to write a pilot for their sitcom Intolerable, about two incompetent equality and diversity trainers. Lime Pictures have also just optioned Help, Laurence’s drama series set in Liverpool about people who use social care.

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Baroness Caroline Cox 

Baroness Caroline Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 and was a deputy speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. She was Founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University; Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University from 2006 - 2013 and is an Hon. Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing. 

She was a founder Trustee of MERLIN (Medical Emergency Relief International) and is Founder and President of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust). Her humanitarian work takes her to conflict and post-conflict zones, including the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, the Shan and Chin peoples of Burma.

Baroness Cox said: "In 2008, I was fortunate to be part of The Big Hope. I am delighted and very proud to be invited back for The Big Hope 2. I am inspired and encouraged every time I visit Liverpool Hope University by the vision and support it provides to people of any age to be able to fulfil their potential.”

Robert Elstone Everton Football Club’s CEO confirmed for The Big Hope 2

Robert Elstone was initially appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Everton in 2005, having developed a reputation as an expert in sports business consultancy. He arrived at Goodison from Deloitte, where he held the position as Director of the Sports Business Group.

He made a name for himself as Deloitte’s first ever full-time sports business consultant, acting as a successful advisor to leagues, clubs and sports-related organisations on a range of strategic and commercial activities. He also played a major role in the formation of the Scottish Premier League.

In 2000, Robert left Deloitte and moved to BSkyB as the Director of Football Business Affairs, working closely with four leading Premier League club. He returned to Deloitte in 2004 as a Director of the Sports Business Group, before making the switch to Goodison Park.

In his time at Everton, Robert has introduced a number of key strategic, organisational and structural initiatives that have led to improved financial performance, greater stability in the business and a strong, empowered Management team. He was appointed Acting Chief Executive at Everton in August 2008 and, in January 2009, the Club confirmed that Robert was to take up the position as permanent Chief Executive. 


Jacky Embrey

Jacky is the Moderator of the United Reformed Church’s Mersey Synod, covering Liverpool, the Wirral, most of Cheshire and the West of Lancashire.

The United Reformed Church started in 1972 when English Presbyterians merged with English and Welsh Congregationalists. Churches of Christ joined in 1981 and Scottish Congregationalists in 2000.

Prior to her ordination, on the 30th anniversary of the United Reformed Church, Jacky was a Chartered Accountant. She is married to John and they have two adult sons. 

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Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Baroness Ilora Finlay is Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University, and established the Diploma/MSc in Palliative Medicine; and lead Palliative Care in Wales to ensure seven-day specialist services with 24/7 advice.

She is President of the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy, Vice President of Hospice UK and Marie Curie Care, and past-President of BMA, RSM and the Association for Palliative Medicine.

Baroness Finlay chairs the National Mental Capacity Forum for Ministry of Justice and Department of Health. She became a Life Peer in 2001, served on the Select Committee on Assisted Dying for the terminally ill, and now co-Chairs the think-tank Living and Dying Well. 

The Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, was named Welsh Woman of the Year 1996-97 and has held Visiting Professorships in the Netherlands and Australia. In 2008, she was named 'Woman Peer of the Year'; and was named the 2007 Parliamentary Charity Champion. In 2014, Baroness Finlay received the Welsh Livery Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.


Luca Fiorani

Dr. Luca Fiorani obtained a degree in physics from the University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in laser remote sensing from EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland).

He earned also the university diploma of Laser Safety Officer and performs this assignment for his Division at ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development). Dr. Fiorani was PI of projects in laser monitoring of atmosphere and ocean.

He represents the Italian Government at PAME (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment), a working group of the Arctic Council. Dr. Fiorani is adjunct professor of general physics, laser spectroscopy, physics didactics and climate physics. He tutored 16 thesis, 11 international fellowships and 3 postdocs.

Dr. Fiorani has published 76 peer-reviewed papers and nearly 300 other publications. Since 2008 he is preseident of the ecological initiative EcoOne.

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Ivana Gabalova

Ivana works at the Anne Frank House as a trainer and project coordinator, teaching about a range of topics with a focus on critical thinking, dialogue, and the values of human rights and democracy. Her projects involve development of educational materials, teacher trainings, workshops for high school and university students, training of prisoners and guiding youth in becoming active citizens and developing their own projects.

Outside the Anne Frank House her research/activist focus is on counter-radicalisation and on rehabilitation of violent extremists. In 2016, she presented a campaign she helped develop at the United Nations. Ivana holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam.

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Pat Gaffney

Pat Gaffney has been General Secretary of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace since 1990. Prior to this, Pat was the Schools and Youth Education Officer for CAFOD, the Catholic Aid Agency and before this a teacher.

Her work as General Secretary involves Pat in lobbying and campaigning within the church and political networks on peace and security-related issues; support and facilitation for church-related groups on Christian peacemaking as well as co-ordinating the day to day running of Pax Christi in Britain.

Currently Pat’s campaigning involves work on Drone warfare and attempting to engage the Church in critical thinking on the morality of drones; work on military spending and campaigning with others to present sustainable, human forms of security that are not based on fear or violenceIn 2016 Pat was part of a ground-breaking initiative between Pax Christi International and the Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace, helping to facilitate an international conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace, contributing to Catholic understanding of and commitment to nonviolence.

In 2002 Pat was given the first Peacemaker Award of the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace at their international Chapter in London. In July 2005 Pat was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize in the 1000 Women for Peace Project. In April 2012 Pat was listed in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List (in contrast to the Sunday Times Rich List) of people who make useful contributions to society.

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Professor Sir Ian Gilmore 

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore is an honorary consultant physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He holds an honorary chair at the University of Liverpool and an adjunct chair at Curtin University. 

After training in Cambridge, London and the US, he moved to Liverpool as a consultant in 1980. He is past-president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the British Society of Gastroenterology. He currently chairs Liverpool Health Partners, created to promote an Academic Health Science System.

Professor Gilmore chairs the UK Alcohol Health Alliance and the Department of Health Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group. He is a member of the Climate and Health Council. 

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Canon Ruth Gould MBE, DL, FRSA, MA

Ruth Gould is the Artistic Director and founder of DaDaFest, one of the largest disability arts festivals in the world. Based in Liverpool, DaDaFest was originally established in 1984 as a disability arts forum. Since 2001, it has produced a biennial international festival with artists from the UK and across the globe. The 14th international festival runs from 31st October – 8th December 2018.

Ruth initially trained in performance arts, speech and drama at Liverpool Theatre School, and has worked in the arts / disability arts all her professional life. She is on the Board of Dis Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, an advisory member for the Granada Foundation, VAE gallery in Raleigh, NC [USA], Pune Biennial [ India] and Liverpool City Council Tourism and Culture Select Committee.
She is currently the Unlimited Chair of the main Commissioning Panel, having held that role since 2014.
In the last two years she has worked in Finland, Qatar, Toronto, New Delhi, Pittsburgh, Palestine and recently returned from Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as delivering talks, chairing or leading workshops across the UK.

As a Winston Churchill Travel Fellow, she visited India, Malawi & Cape Town to make connections with disability organisations around the world. In April 2015 she was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside, was made an honorary Canon at Liverpool Cathedral in October 2016 and awarded a MBE in 2016 Queens 90th Birthday Honours.

Ruth sees disability rights very much as human rights, and is a passionate and knowledgeable speaker.

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Abhaya Gurumurthy N B

Abhaya Gurumurthy N B is a student of literatures written in English and Kannada.

She was educated in University of Mysore, India. Now she teaches Postcolonial Literatures, Indian Literatures, Women writers in Christ University, Bengaluru, India.

Her other research interests are higher education administration, faculty development, Strategic planning.

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Charles Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank

Lord Guthrie was commissioned into the Welsh Guards in 1959. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1961, Captain in 1965 and in 1966 became a troop commander with 22 Special Air Service Regiment serving in Aden, the Persian Gulf, Malaysia and East Africa. In 1968 he became a squadron commander with 22 Special Air Service Regiment serving in the Persian Gulf and the United Kingdom. He returned to the Welsh Guards in Münster in 1970 and was promoted to Major later the same year.

Promoted to Colonel on 31 December 1979, he undertook a tour of duty in Northern Ireland in Spring 1980 for which he was appointed OBE. He then spent two years as Colonel on the General Staff for Military Operations at the Ministry of Defence. Promoted to Brigadier on 31 December 1981, he became Brigade Commander of 4th Armoured Brigade in 1982.

In 1987, Lord Guthrie became Assistant Chief of the General Staff at the Ministry of Defence. In 1989 he was promoted to Lieutenant-General and appointed General Officer Commanding 1st British Corps, and, having been appointed KCB in the New Year Honours 1990, he relinquished his command on 2 December 1991.

Lord Guthrie became Chief of the General Staff (CGS) on 15 March 1994, being advanced to GCB in the Queen's Birthday Honours 1994.
He went on to be Chief of the Defence Staff in 1997.
He was created a Life Peer, as Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank, in the City of Dundee, in June 2001, and sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.

Guthrie is President of several charities, including Action Medical Research, the Army Benevolent Fund, the Federation of London Youth Clubs and the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Dorset, a Knight of Malta and Patron of the Cardinal Hume Centre.

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Professor Janet Hemingway, CBE, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRS, FMedSci, FRCP,
FRES (Hon), FAAM, Foreign associated National Academy of Sciences USA,

Director of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and
Professor of Insect Molecular Biology

Senior Technical Advisor on NTDs for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Professor Hemingway initially trained as a geneticist and is currently Professor of Insect Molecular Biology and Director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, with 450 staff based in Liverpool, Malawi and several other tropical locations. She has 38 years’ experience working on the biochemistry and molecular biology of specific enzyme systems associated with xenobiotic resistance. She has been PI on projects well in excess of £60 million including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Innovative Vector Control Consortium.

Inaugurated as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2006. Inaugurated as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2008. Conferred as Honorary Doctor of Science by Sheffield University in 2009. Elected as a Foreign Associate to the National Academy of Scientists, USA 2010. Elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology 2011. Inaugurated as a Fellow of The Royal Society 2011. Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Control of Tropical Disease Vectors 2012. Conferred as Honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Warwick 2015. Conferred as Honorary Fellow by Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians 2015. Conferred as Honorary Doctor of Science for University of Chester 2016. Conferred as Honorary Fellow of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2018.

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Myra Houser 

Professor Myra Ann Houser is assistant professor of history and coordinator of the BA in Social Justice Studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. An OBU graduate, she holds an MA from the College of William and Mary and PhD from Howard University. Her research focuses on legal solidarity and rhetorical connections between twentieth-century southern African liberation movements and their overseas colleagues.  This work has received funding from the Tokyo Foundation, Phi Alpha Theta, the American Historical Association, and Columbia, Princeton, Ouachita, and Howard.

She has published in Atlantic Studies, Safundi, Human Rights Review, and in edited volumes and professional blogs.  Currently, she is completing a manuscript on the history of the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

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Nisha Katona

Nisha Katona was a child protection Barrister for 20 years and is the founder and CEO of Mowgli Street Food restaurants. She is the author of The Spice Tree, The Mowgli Cook Book and Pimp My Rice. Nisha films for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Food Network. She also regularly appears as a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet. She has taught Indian cookery for over 10 years and has a series of YouTube video tutorials that have a worldwide following. She has over 28, 000 twitter followers.

“I had always been obsessed with the way nations cooked. The anthropology and social genesis of what they created and how they created it. My love of food combined with forensic love of analysing what makes people tick was beautifully meted out in the journey towards my first book Pimp My Rice. I found myself planning holidays primarily around the food offerings of the destinations. China, Laos, Vietnam, South Korea, Morocco, Italy, Poland, Hungary, the list was endless. I was evangelical about lifting the veil on what Indians would conjure as a dark complicated culinary art. It was 3 spices; any child could pick it up in an hour. This is what I wanted to show. The idea of the restaurant haunted me- I had these desert island dishes that I was pathologically addicted to, so would the British public feel the same?”

Nisha opened the first Mowgli back on Bold Street Liverpool in 2014 when she was still working full time as a Barrister. The popular restaurant expanded quickly to Manchester just a year later, and now has sites in Birmingham and Oxford, as well as opening its doors in Nottingham this summer. Mowgli is about how Indians eat in their homes and on the street, pared back and unplugged. The selection of dishes feed that yearning Indians have for bright intense rich flavours. Rather than a quiet or intimate dining experience, Mowgli is about the smash and grab and taste adventure.


Fr. Michael Lapsley

Father Michael Lapsley SSM was born in New Zealand on 2 June 1949. He was trained as an Anglican priest in Australia, where he joined a religious community, The Society of the Sacred Mission. This organisation transferred him to South Africa in 1973. Father Lapsley served as a university chaplain at three campuses in Durban, while in South Africa. Father Lapsley felt it was his duty to speak out against the injustices of the Apartheid regime. In 1976, the Apartheid government exiled Father Lapsley for his support of students after the 1976 student uprising. Father Lapsley then moved to Lesotho and later Harare, Zimbabwe, where he served as a chaplain in the African National Congress of South Africa (ANC). In 1982, Father Lapsley moved from Lesotho to Zimbabwe, after the South African government launched a raid into Lesotho that killed 42 people.

It was believed that Father Lapsley was one of the targets. While living in Zimbabwe, he discovered he was on a South African government hit list. On the 28 April 1990, Father Lapsley received two pieces of mail from South Africa. Included in one of the pieces of mail was a powerful letter bomb that blew off two of his hands and gravely injured him. This attempt on his life was organised by a covert organisation of the South African Government's security apparatus. He has dedicated his life to helping others deal with the suffering and scars inflicted by oppressive regimes. Father Lapsley currently heads The Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town, a social healing NGO which works globally.

Fr Michael has an honorary doctorate from Liverpool Hope University.

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Anne Lonsdale, CBE, MA

Anne Lonsdale, CBE, MA, was President of New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), Cambridge University from 1996-2008. She was a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1998 – 2003 and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor till 2008. She is currently the University’s Deputy High Steward. She took two BA degrees at Oxford, in Classics and Philosophy and in Chinese Language, History & Literature, and lectured in Chinese Literature there. She later became Director for External Relations at Oxford and, from 1992-6, the first Secretary-General of the Central European University (CEU) founded by George Soros in Budapest, Prague and Warsaw

In 2009 she joined the Kazakhstani team creating Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, founded on its own Law requiring it to uphold Autonomy, Academic Freedom and collegial decision-making, and was Founding Provost 2010-2012 and 2015-16. From 2014-2016 she chaired the Governing Board of the European Humanities University in Vilnius (forcibly closed by President Lukashenko in Minsk in 2004 because too democratic and now a university in exile in Lithuania since 2005).

She has been Chair of Cara (Council for at-Risk Academics) since 2009. Cara is a UK Charity founded by Sir William (later Lord) Beveridge) in 1933 after Hitler closed German universities to “Jews and other undesirables” and left them destitute and endangered. Nowadays Cara supports academics forced to flee their universities and countries, often in fear for their lives, and seek sanctuary abroad. Cara helps the individual and their family but also supports teaching and research wherever Freedom of Speech and Assembly and Academic Freedom are challenged, partnering with 117 universities in the UK and others in Canada, Australia NZ and Germany.

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Carol Maibvisira

Carol Maibvisira grew up in the nurturing and tight-knit community that is the sunny city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Yet, she recalls a real sense of lacking the ability or belief that expressing some of the painful life challenges faced as a young woman, might lead to meaningful help. Early in life, she also began to experience grief for the loss of family and loved ones to AIDS-related illness.

Together, these formative life experiences have shaped her concerns for health, equality and change driven by young people’s aspirations. In Zimbabwe, she worked with different charitable organisations that safeguard young people’s well-being. Scholarship awards from the ALICT Institute, and British Council enabled her participation in their respective programmes aimed at young African leaders. Her current PhD (Health) study with AUT University, Auckland investigates ways of improving young peoples’ shaping of school-based sexuality education (focused on HIV prevention).

She has published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance; Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, and AUT’s ‘The Public’s Health, Inequalities and Social Justice’.

Awards include: Claude McCarthy Fellowship (2018), and several awards from AUT for publication, research, and teaching assistance (2012-2016).

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Bishop Vincent Malone

Vincent Malone was born in Liverpool on 11 September 1931.
At the age of eighteen he went to St Joseph's College, Upholland to study for the priesthood and was ordained in his home parish of St Oswald,on 18 September 1955.

His first appointment was to be Chaplain at Notre Dame Convent and College in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool (1955-1959) and while there he studied at Liverpool University and was awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in 1959. From Cambridge University he obtained in 1960 a Postgraduate Certificate in education (PGCE) and in 1964 a Diploma in Education (Dip Ed).
From 1960 to 1961 he served as Assistant Priest at St Anne's,Liverpool and was a part-time teacher at St Francis Xavier's.
Then for the next ten years (1961-1971) he served on the staff of Cardinal Allen Grammar school for Boys, first as an assistant teacher and eventually as Head of the Department for Religious Studies.
In 1979 Archbishop Worlock appointed him as Administrator of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and the following year he was appointed Honorary Prelate (Monsignor) and Canon of the Metropolitan Chapter. In 1980 he was elected Chairman of Convocation of Liverpool University, the first churchman to hold that post.
In 1981 he was appointed to be a member of Archbishop's Council, on which he still serves today.
He was ordained as Titular Bishop of Abora and Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpoolon 3 July 1989. He served as Chairman of the Bishops' Conference Committee for Higher Education and as Episcopal Liaison for the National Board of Catholic Women.

He retired as Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool on 26 October 2006, but remains as a Vicar General and Trustee of the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

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Jane McCarthy

Jane McCarthy is a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading, and a Visiting Fellow at the Open University, where she was Reader in Family Studies until her retirement in 2015.

Jane is a family sociologist and researcher with particular interests in parent/child relationships: earlier projects included mothers and their 7-year old children; step-families; the family lives of young people aged 16-18. Following the death of her husband in 2000, when their daughter was just 5, she extended her interests to children’s experiences of death and bereavement. More recently she has also become involved in international research, including children's family lives in China, and family deaths in Senegal. Much of her current work is framed by the theme of ‘family troubles’.

Jane has three ‘children’ (aged 23-42) and lives in Buckinghamshire.

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Archbishop Malcolm McMahon

The Most Rev Malcolm Patrick McMahon OP was born and brought up in London, the second of three brothers. When he left school, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He then worked in the transport industry before joining the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 1976.

He made his religious profession in 1977, and studied philosophy at Blackfriars, Oxford and theology at Heythrop College, London. He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Basil Hume on 26th June 1982.

He lived in Holy Cross Priory, Leicester between 1984 and 1985, during which time he served as Catholic Chaplain to Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University), before moving to St Dominic’s, Haverstock Hill, in north London. He later served as Parish Priest of St Dominic’s, Newcastle-upon-Tyne before returning to St Dominic’s, Haverstock Hill as parish priest. In 1992, he was elected Prior Provincial of the English Province of the Order of Preachers; having served for two terms as Prior Provincial, in 2000 he was elected Prior of Blackfriars, Oxford.

On 7th November 2000, Pope John Paul II appointed him ninth Bishop of Nottingham, and he was ordained to the episcopate by Bishop James McGuinness in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham on 8th December 2000.

Archbishop McMahon is Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of Education and Formation, and the Catholic Education Service (CES). He is also National President of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace.

It was announced that Archbishop McMahon had been appointed ninth Archbishop of Liverpool on Friday 21st March 2014 and he was installed as Archbishop on Thursday 1st May 2014, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.


John O'Shea

In 1977, sports journalist John O'Shea interrupted a successful media career to turn his attention to helping the group of people referred to by Saint Teresa of Calcutta as the "Poorest of the Poor" and found that he had a talent for this endeavour. After a 35 year stint as CEO of GOAL, the agency he founded, and having helped raise in excess of $1billion, he retired in 2012 to concentrate his energies on delivering pro bono lectures to students in universities and colleges, on the importance of social entrepreneurship.

O'Shea has received honorary doctorates from Notre Dame University and from the Open University. Part of the Notre Dame citation read:
"You have raised awareness and provided tangible support for millions who otherwise would suffer without access to life's fundamental necessities. Your passionate commitment to the poor and your tireless dedication to the relief of extreme poverty exemplifies the finest qualities of the human spirit. By deciding to act on behalf of those in greatest need, you serve as an inspiration for all who seek to change the world but are tempted to believe they are too small to make an impact"

Bob Geldof said of O' Shea:
"John O' Shea is a great hero of mine-he's a great hero of Ireland and to the millions of people he has helped. Bono and I were hugely inspired by this mad lunatic who doesn't hold his temper or his tongue, who has never been diminished by detail or by the minutiae or by dilemmas that are thrown up. God bless John for not shutting up and for endlessly, standing up for those who can't do it for themselves. Great man"

Among the awards presented to O' Shea are:

Man of the Year (twice)
Social Entrepreneur of the Year
James Joyce award (previous winners included FW de Klerk and Jesse Jackson)
Tipperary International Peace award (previous winners included Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev)
The Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award (previous winners include Nelson Mandela, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi)

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Richard Outram

Richard Outram is an undergraduate student reading Development and Peace Studies at the University of Bradford.

He is the co-founder and Secretary of the Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum, established in January 2016 to build peace in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham and beyond. The Forum consists of fifty organisations, local, national and international, which have signed the Pledge to Peace (, an initiative launched in the European Parliament in November 2011 to build ‘a culture of peace’ across Europe. Signatories include Oldham Council – the only major local authority to have signed the Pledge in the UK – and 25 local academies, colleges and schools, with which work is ongoing to develop peace education initiatives.

Richard is also the Editor of the Forum’s magazine, the Oldham Peace Times, and an ambassador engaged in fundraising and community promotional work for the Manchester-based Mines Advisory Group (, a charity is engaged in landmine clearance and education work in former and current conflict zones around the world.

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Shirley Potts

Shirley Potts is North Development Lead for Child Bereavement UK – a national charity that supports parents when a baby or child dies, and children bereaved of anyone significant.

Shirley joined Child Bereavement UK in 2012 as Director of the Department of Health funded Regional Development Project which looked to improve bereavement support in areas of deprivation.

Prior to this, she spent ten years as a lecturer at Liverpool Hope University heading up Disability Studies but maintaining her interest in bereavement issues following seven years at a children’s hospice where she was responsible for counselling and bereavement support. She has an M.A. in Counselling and an M.Sc. in Educational Research, is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Shirley has spoken widely on death, dying and bereavement, has authored a book (Everylife: death, bereavement and life through the eyes of children, parents and practitioners), and made contributions to the literature, most recently in the Journal of Health Visiting and the Journal of Early Childhood.


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Ken Pye FRSA

Ken Pye has recently retired as the Managing Director of ‘The Knowledge’; a consultancy that designed and delivered business-leadership and professional-development courses, workshops and lectures, to companies, organisations and agencies from all sectors, and all over the world.

Until the end of 2009, and for 10 years, Ken had been Senior Programme Director with Common Purpose, the international, leadership development organisation. In addition, and in a varied career spanning over 45 years, Ken has experience in all professional sectors. This includes working as a Residential Child Care Officer – with profoundly disabled youngsters; as a Youth and Community Leader; as the Community Development Worker for Toxteth; as the Northwest Regional Officer for Barnardos; and the National Partnership Director for the Business Environment Association.

Ken is a Proprietor of The Athenaeum, a Fellow of Liverpool Hope University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and remains Managing Director of ‘Discover Liverpool’, which he established in 2005. 

He writes, broadcasts, and lectures on the history and heritage of his home City of Liverpool, and enthusiastically promotes it and its City Region. Ken also works with a number of senior professionals and key organisations, to ensure that Liverpool continues to evolve and fulfil its international role as a World Class City.

In addition to his professional commitments Ken acts as a special advisor to St Vincent’s School for the Sensory Impaired; served as a Trustee of St George’s Hall; was a founding Advisory Group Member of The St James’s Heritage Memorial Project; is a board member of a range of voluntary and community organisations; and a life-member of a number of local history societies and organisations.

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Steve Rotheram

Steve Rotheram was born in Knowsley in 1961 and was one of eight children. Steve served as a Liverpool City Councillor in 2002 to represent the Fazakerley ward and as Lord Mayor of Liverpool during the city's European Capital of Culture year of 2008-2009.

In 2010, Steve was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Liverpool Walton constituency. A bricklayer by trade, he'd set up his own company by the age of 22 and later went on to work in various capacities in the construction industry.

Having pursued qualifications through FE College, he studied full-time at Liverpool John Moores University and started a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Urban Renaissance at Hope University. During this time he was employed as a Business Manager by the Learning and Skills Council.
In May 2017, Steve was elected to become the first ever Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region – securing 59% of the vote – on a manifesto that is ambitious, fair, green, connected and that works together.

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Richard Scudamore

Biography to follow

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Mike Stubbs

Mike Stubbs has been Director of FACT since May 2007. Previously he was Head of Exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), Senior Research Resident at Dundee University’s School of Television Imaging and was the Founding Director at Hull Time Based Arts (HTBA).

During his career, Mike has commissioned over 250 interactive, site-specific, performative, sonic and moving image-based artworks. Originally educated at the Royal College of Art and Cardiff College of Art, Mike is a film-maker and artist in his own right. His own internationally commissioned artwork encompasses broadcast films, video art, large-scale public projections and new media installation.

Recent initiatives include championing the new cross regional AND (Abandon Normal Devices) Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture, commissioning KMA as part of Shanghai Expo 2010 and launching, an online arts channel.

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Nick Talbot

Nick Talbot has Cystic Fibrosis and despite being told he had 5 years to live as a teenager is now 42 and raises money and profile for Cystic Fibrosis charities by pushing boundaries on what had previously been possible. He survived the two worst natural disasters on Everest before finally becoming the first person with CF to summit the mountain. He has been recognised for this in a number of ways including receiving a Point of Light award from the UK Prime Minister.

Nick is CEO of a small international organisation which is recognised by the UN and World Bank, and works in the public interest to help improve part of the global financial system.

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Neil Thorns

Neil is the Director of Advocacy and Education at CAFOD, one of the UK’s leading development organisations and the official development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

His work at CAFOD involves policy, campaigns and education in England and Wales and working with our partner organisations and networks on advocacy internationally.

He is also the Chair of the Climate Coalition (TCC) since 2011. TCC brings together over 150 development and environment groups including Oxfam, Christian Aid, CAFOD, RSPB, WWF, Friends of the Earth and the Women’s Institutes. Neil has worked in international development for a number of large and high profile organisations and has a Masters in the politics and economy of South Africa.

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David Unsworth

David Unsworth had two spells at Everton as a player before returning for a third time in a coaching capacity in September 2013.

The Goodison favourite took up a position within the Club’s Under-21s setup alongside his former teammate Alan Stubbs, before full-time taking control of the team at the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

During Unsworth’s time to date as head coach of the Under-21s, a number young players progressed to make their first-team debuts for Everton. These included Brendan Galloway, Gethin Jones, Ryan Ledson, Kieran Dowell, Matthew Pennington and, most recently, Callum Connolly, Tom Davies.

During the 2015/16 season, Unsworth steered Everton Under-21s to a third-place finish in the league table, which included a six-match unbeaten end to the campaign. The following season the competition was expanded into an Under-23 tournament and become known as ‘Premier League 2’, with David Unsworth’s young Blues crowned champions.

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Professor Stephan Wassong

Stephan Wassong is Full Professor at the German Sport University Cologne where he is Head of the Institute of Sport History and Director of its Olympic Studies Centre since 2009. He is Executive Director of the international study programme Master of Arts in Olympic Studies. Since 2015, he has been member of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Education Commission. He has been appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Professor Wassong said: “The Big Hope 2 will be a platform for academic, social and personal exchange. That`s why it is a pleasure for me to contribute to it.”